Easy Brussels Sprouts – the best garlic bacon Brussels Sprouts
Everyone should try my Easy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and garlic at least once because that is all it will take for you to want to make them again.
These Brussels Sprouts with garlic and bacon are my go-to way to cook Brussels Sprouts for Christmas… and all year long too. Adding garlic to the Bacon Brussels Sprouts add extra flavour and bite to the dish.
Half my family love them. Half my family hate them. Brussels Sprouts are definitely a topic of discussion every Christmas. I love them, I think they taste like leeks and have that really earthy healthy taste.
This is the way my grandmother taught me and I think they are tasty and easy to make. I give you my Quick Brussels Sprouts recipe. This quick Brussels Sprouts dish so simple to make and will be your go to dish each Christmas.
This recipe for Brussels Sprouts with bacon and garlic is a fantastic side dish for Christmas. It’s not only a quick and easy Brussels Sprouts recipe it also only needs 5 ingredients. Plus if you have any leftovers you can fry them up the next day.
Make-ahead Brussels Sprouts
One of the best parts of this Easy Brussel Sprouts recipe is that you can cook the Brussels Sprouts earlier in the day and set them aside until it’s time to fry them all together with the bacon and garlic. I usually do them once the Roast meat is in the oven. It takes about 15 minutes to cook them. Then you just need to plunge into cold water to stop them cooking, drain and set aside.
I think some people get a bit scared about cooking them as they aren’t used to it. My way is super easy and by precooking them earlier you can save madness in the kitchen on Christmas day. First of all I remove the outer layer of sprout and cut a cross in the bottom.
I boil the Brussels Sprouts for about 5 minutes until a knife cuts through. Then I empty out the hot water and replace with cold so they cool. I then drain after about half an hour to let them cool completely until I need them.
When it came to cooking them for the big feast I heated up some butter, finely chopped garlic, bacon, pinch of salt and the sprouts in a frying pan. On a low to medium heat I let the bacon cook and sprouts warm up. It doesn’t take long to cook and then serve straight away. The garlic and salt really add that extra flavour which definitely makes them moreish.
What is the best way to eat Brussels sprouts?
Brussels Sprouts really as a hugely versatile vegetable. You can roast them, boil them and even fry them. I recommend boiling them and then frying them off with a little bacon and oil as in this recipe. I’ve also been a fan of a Christmas traybake.
Roasting the Brussels Sprouts, potatoes with a turkey breast or two plus some other vegetables too. They also taste really good boiled then cut up and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. There are plenty of quick Brussels Sprouts recipe options.
How to cook Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and garlic – Step by Step
To start making these Brussels Sprouts, remove the outer layer of the Brussels Sprout and cut a cross in the bottom. This helps cooks them evenly as you boil them.
Add into boiling water and cook for 5 minutes until a knife slides in easily. Drain and plunge them into cold water. This will help them stop cooking and not go soggy.
Slice the bacon into small pieces.
Thinly chop or crush the garlic.
In a frying on a medium heat add the butter and let it melt. Add in the bacon and sprouts.
Add in the crushed garlic and reduce the heat to a bit lower. Allow the garlic to soften and mix into the Brussels Sprouts and bacon.
Serve and enjoy!
Quick Brussels Sprouts
In my recipe for Bacon Brussels Sprouts I have paired two beautiful flavours. Brussels Sprouts don’t need to be scary or complicated. Bacon adds a beautiful flavour to the sprouts. The fats and oils from the bacon really work well as you fry the sprouts in a hot pan once they are boiled.
You can use either smoked or unsmoked bacon for this recipe. I prefer smoked bacon especially if it’s being served with a Christmas meal or with meat main dish. The smokey flavour is delicious and makes this Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe really easy. It also helps unite the iconic flavours if you are serving pigs in blankets.
What Equipment do I need?
Here is the equipment you will need for this recipe – contains affiliate links
- Saucepan – to boil the Brussels Sprouts.
- Frying pan – you will need this to fry off the bacon, sprouts and garlic.
- chopping boards – Save the work tops and use a chopping board when cutting.
- knives – you will need a sharp knife to cut the crosses in the bottom of the sprouts and chop the garlic. Plus a second knife or scissors to cut the bacon
Notes on cooking Brussels Sprouts with bacon
You can cook the Brussels Sprouts, in advance of frying them, to save time. I would recommend doing them earlier on the same day you need them.
What pairs with Brussels sprouts?
The best flavours to pair with Brussels Sprouts includes bacon, other earthy vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes and beetroot. Citrus flavours are also lovely. A drizzle of fresh orange or lemon juice with a little olive oil.
Mustard also pairs with sprouts well too. For subtler tastes apples and pears work really well for Brussels Sprouts. Broccoli is also a lovely greenery fresh flavour which pairs so well.
Easy Brussels sprouts with bacon and garlic
To serve the Brussel Sprouts I wanted to make them look more adorable and tempting so I went for the petite casserole dishes from Le Creuset. They are great for portions to share and I think more people went to try them because they looked so much cuter. The petite casseroles come with little lids too so you can keep the contents warm until everyone is ready to eat. Find out more about these gorgeous little casserole pots.
Christmas dishes to go with the Brussels Sprouts
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Easy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Frying Pan
- chopping board
- 300 g Brussels Sprouts
- 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- 2 cloves of garlic (crushed or very finely chopped)
- 2 slices of Bacon (smoked or un-smoked)
- Remove the outer layer of the Brussels Sprouts and cut a cross in the bottom of each one. Only cut down a few millimetres.
- Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the sprouts in.
- Cook for 5 minutes until a knife can easily slice in.
- Remove from the heat and plunge into cold water to stop them cooking. Allow to cool and remove them from the water and pop into a bowl until you need them.
- Thinly slice the slices of bacon.
- Thinly chop or crush the garlic.
- In a frying pan melt a table spoon of butter on a low to medium heat. Add the Brussels Sprouts, bacon and a small pinch of salt and allow to cook and warm up.
- Reduce the heat and add in the garlic and stir into the Brussels Sprouts. Allow them to soften but not burn.
- Cook for a few minutes until the Brussels Sprouts are warm and the bacon and garlic has cooked.
- Serve straight away and enjoy.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.